Chakra Announcements

Festival of Inspiration 2008: Children's Workshops

by Mudakari dasi

Posted April 18, 2008

These workshops are FREE to FOI-registered children of FOI-registered adults.

This is a tentative schedule. This is an idea so that you can begin registering your children at the Festival of Inspiration website.

Children will be signed in and out and have adult supervision for the entire time that they are signed in to the workshop(s). The Nature Journal Workshop is dependent upon good weather. If Friday is going to be clear and rain is forecast for Saturday, this workshop may be switched to Friday. I will update online before the festival.

Friday, May 9 (supervised by Mudakari dasi)

Saturday, May 10 (supervised by Mudakari dasi & Ramlila dasi)

Descriptions of the Workshops:

Workshop #1: Keeping A Nature Journal (limited to 10) Coed, for age 8 and up Time: 90 min.

Participants will learn observation skills, discuss the use of descriptive language, and take a short walk on NV grounds (Cabin Row and lake area) to write and draw from nature.

Workshop #2: Making An Illuminated Initial (limited to 10) Coed, age 8 and up Time: 90 min.

Participants will choose one letter of the alphabet to transform into an illuminated initial that will incorporate Vedic motifs. Children may choose between using colored pencils or special non-toxic paints.

Workshop #3: Making Pop-Up Cards (limited to 10) Coed, age 8 and up Time: 60 min.

Participants will learn to make pop-up cards. There will be time to make several cards of different designs, plus learn how to make an envelope.

Workshop #4: Introduction to Design (limited to 10) Coed, age 8 and up Time: 60-90 min.

Participants will learn how to trace, transfer, and create designs. They will learn principles of design such as symmetry, repetition, borders, balance, and more. They will create their own drawings of deity crowns and jewelry.

Workshop #5: Making Altar Cards (limited to 10) Coed, age 8 and up Time: 60 min.

Participants will make special altar-shaped cards with deity pictures (cut-out or hand-drawn), plus the opportunity to make an envelope.

Workshop #6: Cross Stitch (limited to 8) Girls only, age 8 and up Time: 60 min.

Participants will learn to cross-stitch a floral or devotional design with tapestry needles (not sharp) on special "Aida" cloth.

Workshop #7: Embroidered Stuffed Elephant (limited to 8) Girls only, age 8 and up Time: 60 min.

Using tapestry needles (not sharp), participants will learn simple embroidery stitches to decorate a pre-cut elephant shape. I will machine-sew them together, and they will stuff them so that they can take them home completed.

Workshop #8: Introduction to Design II (limited to 10) Coed, ages 8 and up Time: 60-90 min.

We will study the use of color in designs, using drawings of deity jewelry and clothes as patterns.